International Economic Law

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Thursday 12:15 - 13:45 RAI F-041

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21.2.
 
Introduction to International Economic Law (Prof. Kaufmann)

Overview 

Economic Fundamentals

  • Introduction
  • The Theory of the Comparative Advantage
  • Monetary Systems and Exchange Rates, Balance of Payments

 
Reading Assignments Additional Reading
 
28.2./ 7.3.
 
 
History, IMF/World Bank and Financial Crises (Prof. Weber)
  • The International Economic System after the World Wars
  • IMF and World Bank
  • International Monetary Policy
  • SDR and quota issues
  • Financial Crises 2007-2009
  • Ongoing Euro Crisis
Reading Assignments Additional Reading
  • Text No. 8
    Peace Treaty of Versailles
  • Text No. 9 John Maynard Keynes
  • Text No. 10 Atlantic Charter
  • Text No. 11 IMF Tweedie/Moghadam
  • Text No. 12 Edwin M. Truman
  • Text No. 13 Philip R. Lane
  • Text No. 14 Joseph P. Joyce
14./21./28.3.
 
 
Trade - The Law of the WTO (Prof. Weber)

World Trade Orgnization (WTO)

  • From GATT to WTO
  • Structure of the WTO agreements

Principles

Goods and Services

Dispute Resolution

Case Studies

Reading Assignments Additional Reading
  • Text No. 15
    Understanding the WTO
  • Text No. 16 Qureshi/Ziegler
  • Text No. 17 Robert Hudec
  • Text No. 18 Cottier/Oesch
  • Text No. 19 Coffee-Case
  • Text No. 20 Chile - Alcoholic Beverages
  • Text No. 21 Mireille Cossy
  • Text No. 22 Rolf H. Weber
  • Text No. 23 Rules_DSB
 
12.4. 12:15 to 13:30Attendance mandatory: The Future of WTO (Guest Lecture by Prof. Bryan Mercurio)
Reading Assignment Additional Reading
Text No. 24 Mercurio et al.
11./18.4.
 
 
Trade and Environmental Protection (Prof. Weber)

Development of the Environmental Protection / Environment and Trade

  • Introduction
  • Tuna/Dolphin II
  • SPS Agreement and teh "Hormones Dispute"
  • Brazil - Retreated Tyres
Reading Assignments Additional Reading
  • Text No. 25 UN, Declaration of the UN Conference on the Human Environment
  • Text No. 26 Aaron Cosbey
  • Text No. 27 Tuna/Dolphin Cases
  • Text No. 28 Shrimp/Turtle Cases
  • Text No. 29 Michael J. Tebilcock
  • Text No. 30 EC-Hormones
  • Text No. 31 William A. Kerr
  • Text No. 32 Julia Qin
  • Text No. 33 Gary C. Hufbauer

 

25.4./
2./16.5
 
 
Investment (Prof. Kaufmann)

Fundamentals

Customary International Law

  • Before World War I
  • Breakdown of the consensus
  • The classical Western view
  • Theory and practice
  • The UN's attempts to codify customary international law

Developments in jurisprudence

  • International Court of Justice
  • National courts

Evolving standards of international law

  • International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • Multilateral Investement Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
  • Protection of investment under NAFTA
Reading Assignments Additional Reading
  • Text No. 34 Barcelona Traction
  • Text No. 35 ICSID (Convention)
  • Text No. 36 MIGA (Convention)
  • Text No. 37 NAFTA (Agreement)
  • Text No. 38 ICSID, Metalclad v Mexico
  • Text No. 39 UNCITRAL, S.D. Myers v Canada
  • Text No. 40 Pope Talbot v Canada
  • Text No. 41 BIT Switzerland Uruguay
  • Text No. 42 WIPO: the High Court of Australia & plain packaging of tobacco products
 
23.5.
 
 
Labour in International Economic Law (Prof. Kaufmann)

Establishment of the International Labour Organisation

  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • Prospective Developments

Core Labour Standards

Reading assignments Additional reading
  • Text No. 43 Treaty of Versailles
  • Text No. 44 ILO (Constitution)
  • Text No. 45 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • Text No. 46 ILO Declaration for fair globalisation
  • Text No. 47 ILO (Office) comments on the World Bank’s “World Development Report 2013: Jobs”
 
30.5.
 
 
International Human Rights Protection (Prof. Kaufmann) 

Introduction

Trade and Human Rights

  • Economic sanctions as an answer to human rights violations
  • Consideration of human rights in dispute settlement?
  • Investment and human rights

Outlook

Reading Assigments Additional Reading